Time: 8 pm
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Susanne and the Elders, is the biblical apocrypha of a strong woman threatened with rape by two men, judicial elders, who give her a choice. She must either lie with them both or be exposed as an adulterer. Susanne chooses protest and chooses the potential punishment of death rather than succumb, but she is saved by her own outcry and with support from Daniel, who descends to earth on her behalf, the elders are exposed as frauds and sentenced to death.
“And according to the law of Moses they did unto them in such sort as they maliciously intended to do to their neighbour: and they put them to death. Thus the innocent blood was saved the same day.”
Given today’s current events, this story stands as a model for all women who have been compromised by similar situations and who have had to suppress the memory of such events until the window of opportunity opened recently to cry out as Susanne cried out in protest. The biblical story was set as a chanson in the renaissance period by Guilaume Guéroult, and Didier Lupi the Second and both words and melody have stood the test of time, remaining one of the most beautiful examples set by many a composer, in many different formats, in many eras.
Abendmusik is presenting a program that reveals the story in several musical arrangements with each form reinforcing the beauty of the melody and Susanne’s tenacity; each lending the other strength in the wake of an experience that tested resolve but ended jubilantly.
Guillaume Guéroult’s (1507-1569) poem, “Susanne un jour” was first set as a chanson by Didier Lupi Second (c.1520-after 1559) and later by Orlando de Lasso (1530-1594). The text and melody became so popular that it is represented in close to 30 chansons, set by more than 20 composers, and appears in a variety of settings from the aforementioned chansons to consort songs, instrumental fantasias, dances, solo diminutions, a mass setting by Lassus, several lute intabulations, and more. Abendmusik explores various settings of the melody by German, Spanish, French, and British composers, including Dowland, Somers, Byrd, Cabezón, Dalla Casa, Rognoni, Le Jeune, Farnaby, and more.
Judson Griffin, violin
Malgorzata Ziemnicka, violin
Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba
Carlene Stober, viola da gamba
Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba
Jason Priset, lute
About the Ensemble:
The members of Abendmusik individually and jointly represent some of the most experienced professional string specialists in historical performance; musicians who have made the rare commitment to devote 100% of their professional lives researching and performing this highly specialized repertoire. As a result, the ensemble delivers performances that represent, as closely as possible, current historical perspective, as well performances that display passion and sensitivity, and are carefully sculpted and technically solid. Members of the ensemble have appeared with the Smithson Quartet, The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Amor Artis, the American Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal, REBEL, Early Music New York, Sinfonia, the New York Classical Quartet, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, the Boston Camerata, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Newberry Consort, The New York Consort of Viols, Piffaro, Sequentia, Parthenia, My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, the Waverly Consort, and Les Arts Florissants.